Lower School Curriculum
Durham Academy's Lower School begins with grade one and continues through grade four. There are four classes in each grade level, averaging 18 students per class. There are 16 classroom teachers, 16 teaching assistants, and 12 enrichment teachers.
The Lower School seeks to provide students with a challenging environment for learning, while offering the care and attention that guide a child to success. Faculty present opportunities that foster the joy of learning and allow for discovery as skills are practiced and refined in supportive surroundings that encourage independence and risk taking. Curriculum content strikes a balance between relevance to the present world and ideas that look to a world beyond. Students use their imagination, think and explore, as well as exhibit what they learn.
Core classes include language arts, math, science and social studies. Enrichment classes in art, computer, drama, library, music, physical education and Spanish round out each child’s education experience by encompassing what is learned in the classroom. As we provide students with a stimulating academic environment, close attention is given to offering opportunities that will contribute to the development of a child’s character, personal identity, self-esteem and respect for others. Older Lower School students help organize community service days and act as mentors for Preschool "buddies."